Executive Bear Retreat: Private Town Home--Wifi/Hdtv, Spa & Fireplace
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Thank you to all of our guests for making our award-winning place so popular! We agree with you, 'There is no other place like it in Shawnee.' Winter ski season is here--so book early for the best dates. Shawnee Mt. is just down the road for skiing, tubing, and snow boarding (30% discount available). Guests say they love the cozy and clean 'cabin' feel and relaxing by the fireplace and surrounding amber lite snow trails. Couples may want to go to Pocono Palace (just three miles away) for evening dancing and comedy shows or enjoy the two-person whirlpool tub with two spa robes. Families, for example, may want to visit Budda Popcorn on River Road to see how gourmet popcorn is made or visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve, three miles from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a 70,000-acre park preserve 40 miles along the Delaware River. With fall/winter here, gals and guys get-a-ways mean you could just come to relax and sit by the fireplace or shop at The Crossings Discount Outlets or go gamble at the near-by Mt. Airy Casino or take a brisk hike at Bushkill Falls. It's also time for wildlife viewing, antiquing, or eating. It's nature at its best up here--quiet, rustic, and fun. From the private back deck, enjoy views of the ski mountains. Northslope II guests have access to the indoor pool, spa, and golf discount at the Shawnee Inn, and a discount at Shawnee Ski in the winter. There is also tennis, playground, and outdoor pool to enjoy during the summer at Sun Mountain, our private community recreational area. Northslope II is across from Shawnee Mountain where monthly festivals and concerts take place in the fall and skiing, snow boarding, and snow tubing take place in the winter. Buskhill Falls and Fernwood are a short drive away.
Townhome Description: Let me start by saying that we are asked this all the time: yes, the town home looks like the pictures you see! This upscale, green-built, end-unit town home was decorated by an award-winning designer and featured in New York's 'House Magazine.' The home's charm is created by its cozy fireplace, comfortable Amish and Pennsylvania House furnishings, antiques, whimsical bear art, and rustic cedar accents. The traditional and vintage decor is mixed with many modern features: two-person whirlpool spa room with his-and-her spa robes and linens; 40-inch Sharp 'Aquos' television in the Great Room; WiFi, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.
Relaxation Details: The Dining Room and Great Room each comfortably seat six people. For those who wish to cook, the fully-equipped kitchen opens to the Dining Room and Great Room, so you can prepare meals, wash dishes, or throw away paper plates while being able to socialize with your guests.
Sleeping Details: There's a new, king-size, extra-high mattress in the second floor Master Suite. Guests seem to really like the mattresses and pillows--conducive for good sleeping. The first floor bedroom has an adjacent full bathroom and two new twin beds with extra-high mattresses that can easily convert to a king bed. Enjoy a queen-size sleeper sofa in the loft; a new, 32-inch Sharp 'Aquos' television; a working desk; and a separate, private entrance to the full bathroom.
Additional Details: Yes, this is perfect for business retreats, college reunions, shopping at the famous Crossings Premium Outlets with the girls, golfing at The Shawnee Inn with the boys, couples Bushkill Falls hiking and birding get-a-ways, wedding guests, honeymoons, and family gatherings.
Miscellaneous Details: For those not familiar with Shawnee, it is a four-season resort--you can enjoy nature at its best, but also experience fine dining, outlet shopping, day spas, golfing, antiquing, fly fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, gambling or just pamper yourself and do nothing! Conveniently located off Route 80 and only 70 miles from NYC, you won't find traffic at Shawnee, and you can easily access all the major attractions. During the winter even if you don't ski, it sure is fun to watch a crackling fireplace, view the amber-lit ski trails filled with snow, see the forest and mountains from the deck, and just return to a more relaxed state of mind.
And finally, the house is always stocked with candy, household supplies, books, music, DVD's, and board games, so come play checkers or have a board game tournament. Since we work very hard to maintain 'Second Chance Cabin' as a unique vacation destination, we think you will find it feels like a home-away-from-home!
Points of Interest nearby--Route 209 North
• Pocono Square Mall (Movie Theater and Flee Market)
• Super Foodtown (food store plus sale of alcoholic beverages)
• CVS drug store (next to Foodtown)
• Lewis True Value Hardware Store (Propane supplier)
• Big A’s (Family style restaurant next to True Value)
• Taste of Portugal (small but good ethnic food)
• Petrizzo’s Restaurant (family style restaurant)
• Alaska Pete’s (family style restaurant)
• Indian Museum (museum and gift shop of Native American goods)
• Pocono Palace (adults only nightclub, dance bands and comedy shows)
• Fernwood Resorts
• Bushkill Falls
• There are about 8-10 board games in the loft plus puzzles in the bookcase in the great room.
• You can use the Sun Mountain pool pass, located in the kitchen, to go to the Sun Mountain Pool, about a mile down the road on Hollow Road, and you can get discounts at Shawnee Inn for golf. You can use the indoor pool at the Shawnee Inn as well.
• You cannot use the Shawnee miniature golf on Buttermilk Road for free, and I am not sure what the fee is for outside guests.
• There is a big white binder at the house that will have over 50 different places to see and do as well as eateries.
• The Pocono Environmental Education Center hosts many events that are often free, including events like Frog Frenzy, Moonlit Drumming and Sunday Canoe Paddle. Call for reservations at 570.828.2319 and to learn more go to www.peec.org.
New Points of Interest
• INTI Peruvian Cuisine, River Road, Shawnee. Excellent! Closed 12/17 to 1/17/2012 for vacation. BYOB. 570.424.1844
• Buddha Popcorn. River Road, Shawnee. Excellent! 60 different types of gourmet popcorn. You can watch how it is made.
Keywords: Executive Rental: Cozy, Rustic, Modern, Upscale, Unique, Calming, Meticulously Maintained, Professionally Decorated Villa/Townhome (end unit)
- Vacation Rental
- Limited Accessibility:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Loft + Den
King size beds (1) King Bed in Master Suite with new extra-high mattress., Queen size Beds (1) Sleeper sofa in loft has queen sofa bed with a Serta mattress., Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds with new extra high mattresses on first floor can be joined to make a king bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a queen-size sleeper sofa in the Loft. You can also use the extra wide sofas in the Great Room/Den for sleeping. But at best, it would be more suitable for a small adult or child....morecollapse
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Linens Provided:
- Air Conditioning:
- Parking Off Street:
- Clothes Dryer:
Two new HD TV's. 40" Sharp "Aquos" in Great Room. 32" Sharp "Aquos" on second floor loft. We stock lots of board games and cards. Penny candy can usually be found in the bear jar in the kitchen. Big Ed, the hand-carved bear, was created by a local artist named Ed. The Amish Furnishings were created by Amish families from all over PA....morecollapse
- Shared Hot Tub:
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet:
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool:
- Jetted Tub:
Deck / Patio:
The deck is located off the Great Room. There are views of the mountains from the private deck. Six lawn chairs and table are provided. Four fold up and stay indoors when needed. Two are outdoor Adirondack chairs with a small side table....morecollapse
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Water Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Hunting Small Game
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Climbing
- Ski Lift Privileges
- Ski Privileges Optional
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Medical Services
- Basketball Court
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Jet Skiing
- Massage Therapist
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Botanical Garden
- Recreation Center
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Fitness Center
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
Northslope II guests have use of the year-round Indoor Pool/Hot Tub and Discounts for Golf at the Shawnee Inn and Discounts for Skiing and Snow Tubing at Shawnee Mt. In the summer, Private Swim Club & Tennis Courts included. Shawnee is an historic community, many different activities including but not limited to Antique Shopping, Trolley Tours, Live Concerts, and Festivals at Shawnee Resort next door, flea markets, outlet mall (10 minutes away), race car driving, Mount Airy Lodge Casino near-by and much more! It's a fun house for sitting by the fireplace in the fall and winter or sitting outside on the deck in the spring and summer. It's a fun place to enjoy a more simplier time, perhaps a night of Board Games--Monopoly anyone!...morecollapse
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Lovely home, great location
Lovely home, great location
We really enjoyed our stay in Bear Retreat. Close to the slopes, well equipped with comfy beds and a very relaxed atmosphere. Really appreciated the quick clean up after an overnight snow, where the road and sidewalks were cleared before we left for the slopes.
- Guest Cathy A.
- Date of stay 02/08/13
- Review Submitted 02/15/13
Owner response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! Come back soon for another fun visit! Nancie
Nice place in a great location.
- Guest Cathy A.
- Date of stay 02/01/13
- Review Submitted 02/14/13
Wonderful and very clean
Wonderful and very clean
The townhouse was very clean and very well maintained. The kitchen has anything you could possibly need and the beds are super comfortable. We were impressed with all of the little touches like having blankets to use while in the living room and the games. The owners were a pleasure to deal with and we will absolutely be staying again!
- Guest Naomi L.
- Date of stay 11/09/12
- Review Submitted 11/15/12
Owner response: Hi Naomi, We are so glad that you and "the girls" had a wonderful time at our vacation home. We work so hard to make everything even better than staying at a hotel--clean, updated, and inviting. We hope you and the girls will come back again! All the best! Nancie
Great Place to Stay
Great Place to Stay
Fantastic home with thoughtful touches in every nook and cranny. Perfect location for using as a base to do activities in the area or just for getting away and staying in (we did both during our stay). Great communications and competitive pricing. We will definitely be returning next year.
- Guest Amy T
- Date of stay 09/01/12
- Review Submitted 09/13/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: We work very hard to keep our vacation home looking perfect for our guests. We have a great housekeeper who works hard to keep everything clean and spend lots of time doing laundry too! We update bedding every season and even decorate for all the holidays to ensure our guests have a fun stay no matter when they decide to spend time with us. Thank you for the positive response! Nancie
Feels just like home!
Feels just like home!
All the comforts of home can be found here! Everything from the King size bed to the flat screen Tv's make you feel like you're in a luxury townhouse. Plenty of towels, pillows, blankets and paper products (in case you forget anything!). The furnishings and decorations are wonderful and make you feel like you are in a real cabin! We enjoyed being able to go to the pool too, as it was pretty hot the last couple of days. The wireless internet was a plus, as we were able to bring our small laptop to research places to go and easily get directions and phone numbers. Went to dinner a couple of nights at the Gem & Keystone. Try the wing night (Wednesday) and the burgers! This was our first experience renting thru Vrbo and are very happy that we did. The location was perfect for hiking the nearby waterfalls and canoe rentals. We also went to the Lakota Wolf Preserve, which we would not have know about, had it not been for this listing. Also, thanks to Nancie for help with the alarm when we first got there. She was only a phone call away! A wonderful "home away from home!"
- Guest Kathy
- Date of stay 06/23/12
- Review Submitted 07/14/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: We are so glad you had a great time! Since your stay, we have added a big binder filled with literature describing over 50 different attractions, including the Pocono Environmental Education Center that offers a variety of low-cost activities for families.
Thank you for the use of your lovely home. Everything is so well kept and in place. We were most impressed by the attention to details given in every room. The entire place was spotless and well maintained!!!!
- Guest Mary H.
- Date of stay 07/03/12
- Review Submitted 07/10/12
Owner response: Customer Satisfaction is so important to us--thank you and please come again soon! We always appreciate hearing from our guests!
Your Home Was So Amazing!Guest comment entered by owner
Your Home Was So Amazing!
Hello Nancie, The only problem we had with the vacation was the fact we did not go out as much as we wished simply because your home was so amazing. From the set up to your brilliant decorations, your home was truly the getaway vacation we were looking for. We had a very hard time leaving and cannot wait to come back. I really want to thank you for letting us stay. We do not have enough words to describe the peacefulness we felt. Thank you once again.
- Guest Gurpreet and Guests from Bellerose, NY
- Date of stay 04/14/12
- Review Submitted 04/18/12
The House was Perfect!Guest comment entered by owner
The House was Perfect!
We had a great time! The house was perfect! We have been renting houses for 25 years and you made it really easy, especially with the linens and towels, etc. The key access was great so we had no pressure on when to arrive. We left last night so the kids could get back to college and we could get to work. The weather was perfect for golf every day. Thanks again we look forward to returning.
- Guest Pete and Family from Long Island, NY
- Date of stay 04/06/12
- Review Submitted 04/12/12
Sarah, Taylor, Ryan & AJ Wrote in Our Guest BookGuest comment entered by owner
Sarah, Taylor, Ryan & AJ Wrote in Our Guest Book
"Staying here was so much fun. I love the games, books, and movies. It is also so close to the ski lodge. We had fun watching Jersey Shore. The old phone is the coolest thing ever. Thanks for letting us stay!"
- Guest Sarah, Taylor, Ryan, and AJ
- Date of stay 01/28/12
- Review Submitted 03/06/12
So Excited Your Home Looks PerfectGuest comment entered by owner
So Excited Your Home Looks Perfect
Thank you so much for allowing my family to stay in your home. We all had so much fun. We have been coming to Shawnee for four years and have stayed in a lot of not so nice condos. When I saw your place on line, I was so excited your home looked so perfect. When we arrived, we immediately felt right at home. We all appreciated the attention to details: games, books, videos, fireplace, etc. I could fill the page with everything you have done to make your guests feel comfortable. Thanks!
- Guest From The "M" Family's Posting in Our Guest Book
- Date of stay 02/07/12
- Review Submitted 03/06/12
Fall Rates: 9/10--11/20/12 $125 day weekday; $175 day weekend;$700/wk; $1750/mo Winter Rates: 11/21--3/25/13 $200 day wkday; $275 day weekend; $1300/wk; $2600/mo Spring Rates: 3/9--6/22/12 $125 day weekday; $175 day weekend; $700/wk; $1750/mo Summer Rates: 6/23--9/9/2012 $150 day weekday; $200 day weekend; $800/wk; $2500/mo (Refundable) Security Deposit $250; two day minimum stay required Cleaning and fresh linens,towels and two spa robes $125 Sorry, but you must be over the age of 25 to rent! Holiday weeks are an additional $50 per day--inquire for rates.
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Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: I love history and the great outdoors, which is why my family purchased a vacation property in Historic Shawnee. The Shawnee Indians lived here; high tea was celebrated on verandas; Jackie Gleason enjoyed his golf at the Shawnee Inn, and let's not forget all the famous people, including artists, who live in Shawnee--a quiet understated place to live, play, and vacation!
Why the Owner Chose Shawnee on Delaware:
Shawnee is surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Range by the Delaware Water Gap to the Shawnee Mountain Ski/Water Park. People are friendly, life is slower, and the different ethnic restaurants are divine. The Shawnee General Store should not be missed as it is a place stepped back in time. If you are looking for bagels--they are not to be found. Instead, try a big country breakfast at the various diners where you will find many of the locals.
The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
At 'Second Chance Cabin' you will find a five-foot high, hand-carved, wooden bear named Ed who will greet you in the Great Room. He watches over all who visit! Everyone enjoys signing the guest book and leaves lots of good stories. If you really enjoy your stay, photographs of your fun times can be mailed in and put on display in the house so that when you return it will feel like your home-away-from-home. Eating is always the order of the day when in Shawnee and old-fashion penny candy can always be found somewhere in the cabin.
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First Floor "Bear and Moose" Room. Twin beds convert to king. Adjacent bath
Evening time in Two-Story Great Room. Fireplace, Music, Deck, Grill, Lawn Chairs
Dining Room with view to Open Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances, double sink
Master Bedroom Suite designed with ensuite spa room and master bathroom
Master Bath Newly Remodeled
First Floor Bathroom adjacent to bedroom and newly remodeled
NorthSlope II--a private vacation community--view of entrance
The Microbrewery and Keystone restaurant, one of the many lgood ocal eateries
Spring/Summer View of Private End Unit Townhome
Morning Sun shines on Country Kitchen. Dining table seats six people.
Two-story Loft. Queen sleeper sofa, private entrance to bath, desk, WiFi & HDTV.
Alternate View of Master Bedroom
Two-person Spa Room with dressing table
Views of mountains & woods. Grille, table and six chairs on private back deck.
Step back in time at the Shawnee General Store
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